If you are 70½ or older, you can make a tax-free distribution from your traditional or Roth IRA to Human Rights Watch. This is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) and it’s an incredible way to support our pursuit of justice and promotion of human rights around the world.

How it Works

You can donate up to $100,000 each year without incurring income tax on your withdrawal.

Here's the process:

  1. Contact your plan administrator to direct distributions in the amount of your choosing from your traditional or Roth IRA to Human Rights Watch (EIN #13-2875808). This can be a one-time or recurring gift.
  2. The distributions go directly to HRW and are not subject to federal income tax.
  3. Your gift may satisfy your IRA’s annual required minimum distribution (RMD), if applicable.

Making Your Gift

To ensure that your gift is properly processed and that you are listed as the donor of record, please have your QCD directed to the address below:

Human Rights Watch
350 5th Ave., 34th Fl.
New York, NY 10118

Begin Your QCD Gift Online

Thanks to our partnership with FreeWill, you can make your QCD gift quickly and hassle-free by beginning your forms online. You can also choose to print out blank forms to complete by hand or transact the gift over the phone with your financial custodian. (Please note you will be directed to an external website to complete your transaction.)

If you are still working and contributing to a retirement account, this gift could impact your taxable income. Please consult a qualified advisor before making a gift. If you’re under the age of 70½, you can use your IRA to support HRW’s work by making a withdrawal and donating the proceeds after taxes.

Are you thinking about your estate and legacy planning? Please consider naming Human Rights Watch as a beneficiary of your IRA. For more information, contact us at [email protected] or 1-800-220-3078.

Thank you for standing with us.